“I always wanted to be a Freemasons,” Jenny Lake told The Washington Post.
“I had a dream, and I wanted to become one.
I would love to see the sun set over the lodge.”
But in the late 1990s, after moving to the mountains of Wyoming, Jenny Lake’s dream was quickly eclipsed by a desire to explore the wilderness, a quest that was to change her life forever.
“When I was a kid, I had the idea of going to the wilderness.
It’s just so beautiful.
It was something I’d always wanted,” she said.
But for Jenny Lake and many other Wyoming families, it was a dream that became a nightmare.
“You know, you’re trying to do something to feed your family, you know, and it’s not going to work,” she told the Wyoming Times-News.
“It’s going to take a lot of hard work, and you know what?
You’re gonna lose your life.”
When Jenny Lake first came to live in Lake McDonald Lodge in the town of Lake McDonald in 1998, she found a family that loved her and was willing to put up with her every bit as much as she had.
“I was a really happy person, and a really good person.
It took me awhile to come to terms with that,” Jenny said.
“The way the family treated me and the way I treated them was not like the way they treated other people.
It wasn’t the way it should be.”
While many in the lodge felt she was welcome to live wherever she wanted, Jenny felt that her fellow guests and family members were just as welcome.
“There were a lot people in the community who were not going along with the rest of the community and were being treated like second class citizens, and that was the beginning of the beginning,” she added.
Eventually, Jenny decided to leave her lodge and move to a remote area of the state, where she would be closer to the lodge, but she would remain loyal to the community.
“They really treated me like family, and we’re a very close-knit family,” Jenny told The Post.
In 2002, Jenny began living in the same lodge, and she found it to be “the happiest place I’ve ever been in.”
“It’s like a community that is really friendly and very accepting and very supportive,” she continued.
“There are so many people who love me, and there are so few people who don’t.”
But after five years of living in Lake Mcdonald, Jenny said she finally wanted to move on.
“That’s when I started having doubts, because I knew I couldn’t really do this anymore,” she admitted.
“That was like the beginning when I knew, ‘You know what, I’m not staying.'”
When Jenny first moved to Lake McDonald, her life had changed forever.
Her family no longer wanted to take her with them to the mountain lodge and the neighboring towns, and they were moving to another location for Jenny’s safety.
After years of being separated from her family, Jenny was finally reunited with her parents in a remote location, but the new location wasn’t as welcoming as her previous one.
“When I moved to this new place, it felt like I was back in my home,” she explained.
“My parents had never moved to another place.
They were just like, ‘We’re moving to your old house.
That’s where we’re going to live, and this is our new house.'”
But Jenny soon discovered a new problem.
Her parents weren’t leaving the area, and the new place was far from her old home.
“It was like I’d never left,” she recalled.
“And I realized that if I wanted my parents to come home, I’d have to move.”
Jenny and her family eventually found their new home, but for her and her parents, the move was bittersweet.
She said they had a lot to live for, and not everyone felt the same way.
“The only people I wanted were the ones that I had a relationship with.
The only people that I felt safe around were my parents,” she stated.
“But for me, I just couldn’t see that anymore.”
When the family moved back to the state of Wyoming in 2015, Jenny, her parents and two other brothers were finally reunited, and her life once again turned out to be the happiest and most fulfilling of her life.
“We were the happiest family I’ve had,” Jenny noted.
“People just welcomed us.
We’re not afraid of them.
We never felt like we needed to be in their lives anymore.”
While Jenny is no longer part of the Lake McDonald family, her brother, Mark, has not forgotten the time spent with her.
“She’s not just in our lives.
She’s in the mountains, in the woods, and even in the sky,” he